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September 30, 2013

Teamwork leads to awards for Girl Scouts

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — MIDDLEPORT — Teamwork has helped three local girl scouts come close to their Silver Awards. The Silver Award is the second-highest honor a girl scout can earn.

Rachel Hutter, 13, Erin Karnuth, 13, and Samantha Koch, 14, are all freshmen at Royalton-Hartland Central School.

For Hutter, her project involved speaking in front of the Middleport Village Board to gain permission to work on village property. When she received the go-ahead, Hutter tackled the Scout House on Route 31.

“Our troop comes here often for sleepovers and other fun scout stuff,” she said. “It’s not that it’s dirty, but it wasn’t clean either.”

Hutter, who added that the house is also used for birthday and graduation parties, among other events, put up a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom hallway and in the kitchen. She also gave the kitchen a thorough cleaning, which according to some of her descriptions, had not been done in quite some time.

Karnuth and Koch helped her out. Together they made the place feel a bit “homier” because of the additional TLC. The bathrooms, which were not allowed to be altered, also received a bit of an extra touch with some additional decor in the form of pictures and other decorations.

Meanwhile, Hutter helped Karnuth and Koch with their project, which involved filling a number of goodie-bags for CareNet in Lockport.

“They work with girls who have unplanned pregnancies,” Koch said. “They can go there for support and it’s all completely confidential.”

Koch said CareNet works to help expectant mothers “explore all their options before doing something they might regret.”

Since the organization is heavily reliant on donations, Koch and Karnuth (and Hutter) filled the bags with essentials like baby lotion, shampoo, and wipes. The organization also accepts diapers and child and maternity clothing, they said.

Karnuth added that CareNet also has new parent classes that offer the opportunity to win items like cribs, strollers, etc.

Karen Karnuth — Erin’s mom — noted that the girls went far beyond the required 50 hours for their Silver Award with these projects. They also earned badges in the process, including those for public speaking, comparison shopping, community service, and teamwork.

All are part of Troop 70265.

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